An agreement has been signed between Pakistan and the World Bank for “Multi-Sectoral Action for nutrition (MSN) Project” in Sindh. World Bank will give US $5 million (Rs 500 million) under the agreement.
The key objectives of the project are to diversify diets, to improve sanitation and to establish hygienic activities in some of the targeted areas in the Sindh Province of Pakistan.
Underlying conditions which lead to the malnutrition of people will be addressed by the project. It also aims to improve sanitation and help people assimilate behavioral changes so they can conduct hygienic practices – turning villages clean and “defecation-free”.
The project will also prevent malnutrition by incorporating agricultural improvements and will likely introduce methods to produce better, nutritious food. The methods introduced are expected to be cheap, efficient, and will mainly consist of homestead gardening practices. The villagers will thrive from this knowledge and will take nutrition into consideration.
Secretary of EAD, Arif Ahmed Khan, represented the Government of Pakistan and signed this agreement. From the World Bank, Pathamuthu Illangovan, the Country Director was the representative. The Project Agreement was signed by Sajid Jamal Abro, the Secretary Agriculture Supply and Prices Department Sindh, on the provincial government’s behalf.
The project; MSN is backed up by Pakistan Partnership for Improved Nutrition (PPIN), a trust fund run by the World Bank. An amount of $5 million will be granted, along with a total commitment of $17.56 million. The grant has three subsidiaries;
- Saaf Suthro Sindh
- Agriculture for Nutrition
- Project management, mentoring, and coordination.